University of Georgia '09
Army head softball coach Michelle DePolo announced the hiring of Chelsea Cantillo to her staff for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Cantillo, who held a similar position at Bowling Green last year, will handle infield duties.
"I am thrilled to welcome Chelsea to our staff," said DePolo, who is entering her fifth season as head coach. "She adds another dynamic to the program with experiences at very different programs, but is still relatively close to her own playing days at Georgia.
"Chelsea brings a strong softball pedigree playing with the OC Batbusters and Georgia before entering the coaching ranks. The use of her strengths should round out the staff nicely."
Cantillo spent last year on the staff of Bowling Green staff where she helped the Falcons earn a berth in the Mid-American Conference en route to posting 27 wins last year. She started her collegiate coaching career in 2011 at Utah State University where she worked primarily with the infielders.
Cantillo helped guide the team to 33 home runs and 215 runs scored, and was instrumental helping three members of the squad earn All-Western Athletic Conference honors. It was the Aggies largest contingent since joining the WAC in 2006.
Cantillo enjoyed a successful career at the University of Georgia (2006-07) leading the Bulldogs to runner-up honors at the NCAA Regionals in Lincoln, Neb., and Athens, Ga. As a freshman in 2006, she ranked second with a .354 batting average with 32 runs batted in on a team that finished 54-15 and 24-6 in the Southeastern Conference. She earned All-SEC second team honors along with being named to the All-Freshman squad. The following year, the Bulldogs posted a 46-28 mark.
Prior to earning her degree in sociology in 2009, Cantillo worked as a student coach and student strength and conditioning advisor her final two years. Following her graduation from Georgia, Cantillo broke into the coaching ranks at Aliso Niguel High School (2009-10). She is currently working toward her master's degree in education from Utah State.
A native of Santa Ana, Calif., Cantillo enjoyed an outstanding high school career at Foothill where she was a two-time first-team All-Sea View League selection, an all-county pick and the team's MVP. Her father, Joe Cantillo, served 23 years before retiring from the U.S. Army.